Service dog prevents self harm for woman with Asperger’s [Video]

I came across this video today which I wanted to share with you all. Im not sure about you but I find immense comfort in the presence of animals when I am stressed. This video shows a service dog calming a woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome. The woman in the video has self injurious behavior and this dog has been trained to intervene. The dog was adopted from a rescue center at the age of one and now knows how to stop the woman from hurting herself by using his paws and body to block her hands from her head.

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Mark Blakey

Mark Blakey is the founder of the Aspergers Test Site, after a successful career working in IT Mark wanted to share what he learned from his own diagnosis. He is the author of "Emotional Mastery for Adults with Aspergers" and "An Introduction to Aspergers Syndrome". Having received lots of questions from parents with autistic children, Mark went on to found Autism Parenting Magazine. The magazine has become an essential resource aimed at improving the quality of life for families effected by Autism. Its a monthly publication containing lots of helpful articles to help develop social skills, manage challenging behavior and improve communication.

  • Karen P. says:

    I have never been correctly diagnosed and have called over 60-100 places to get tested. I downloaded an autism test and scored 81%. I had a cat that I bonded with but she had to be put down after 14 yrs. She was a great comfort to me and the only real person I think I have ever bonded with. That was in 2006. She comes to mind often. I am invisible and very isolated. With no help from any professionals I wish I had a service dog but do not know how to get things for myself as I seem to be a poor self advocate. Maybe life would be tolerable and bearable. My fits of rage happen quite frequently but since I am isolated, who knows…I am invisible. And the fits of rage sometimes looks like catatonia.

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